Tocobaga Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a murky almost like brown with 1.5 finger of sticky head.
Smells of sweet caramel malt. Some earthy and piney hops.
Starts off with some sweet caramel malt flavor. Some strong bitter earthy hops make a presence at the end and balance out the malt a bit.
Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are both good.
Very solid beer. Got better as it warmed just a little.
11-11-2011 21:29:41 | More by jmarsh123
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Thanks to moose3285 for yet another bottle of Cigar City, as I wind my way slowly through their entire bottle population. Mostly thanks to the mooseguy. I like moose. I've seen a few out of a canoe. They're big enough to be scary & intimidating. The animal, not moose3285. 750 ML bottle poured into a pair of pint glasses.
Pour is red squirrel amber, deep, vibrant, but quieter. An uncouth pour results in an overabundance of head in the first glass; more caution is exercised for the second. Smell is typical sweet malts, but cut nicely with citrus; but the smell vanishes quickly. Odd.
Tocobaga Red Ale is deep into the red. The malts are beautiful, racing from sweetly smiling to slightly toasted to caramel. Citrusy hops are mild, sensed more in the nose & aftertaste than the foreground. Underlying earthiness doesn't detract, but adds a nice layer. Crisp for a red, & as my wife put it, 'chuggable'. 750ML of this red wouldn't be hard to sip through a crazy straw.
One of the best straight-up reds I've had, this brew has a fantastic layering & depth that's lacking in the majority of the style. Excellent beer.
11-03-2011 02:29:24 | More by maximum12
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured rom a 750ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.
Color: Redish brown with a khaki colored head.
Smell: Hops, caramel malts, nice sweet notes. IPAish
Taste: Like an IPA. Hops, caramel malts, sweet citrus tone. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth with a dry finish.
Overall: The IPA feel of this brew was great. Loved the hop, citrus aroma and taste. Cannot wait for this two come in six packs! Cheers!
10-30-2011 14:15:00 | More by Heatwave33
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
750ml bottle in pint glass
no date, but in my refrigerator for a couple of months
A: Pours crystal clear with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. I am surprised how quickly the head dropped leaving only a little lace. The red color is quite striking, a number of homebrewers would love to get this color in their own red ales.
S: Medium dark crystal malts and American/citrus hops.
T: A sharp bitterness that is well balanced by the sweet caramel followed by a burst of citrus hops (makes me think Amarillo). There is a hint of earthiness that I can't put my finger on, but it is not unpleasant.
M: Not crisp, not round/full, right in the middle, lower carbonation than I would expect for the style, but not unreasonable.
O: This makes a very good hoppy autumn beer, I am not sure I would want it when it was summer (especially a FL summer), but it is great when it is rainy and 40 degrees outside and I am not ready for a RIS. Worth seeking out, recommended.
10-21-2011 00:13:23 | More by wspscott
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to my FL trader GallowsThief for the badass extra!
Pours a nice brownish red color that lets in only a bit of light. The lacing clings in off white patches along the glass. The nose has a very nice hoppiness to it. Inviting bouquet of pine and sweet malt entices. The taste is clean and hoppy up front and offers some sweetness in the back. Clean, crisp and dry mouthfeel is suiting for the style. Overall, another bomb ass brew from CCB, and a great representation of the style.
10-13-2011 20:50:01 | More by ChugginOil
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle dated 8/23/11
A - Pours a clear deep red/amber with almost two fingers of off-white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.
S - Some caramel, a bit of sugar and some dark fruits. Also a nice hop presence.
T -- Taste is opposite of smell, with a big hop presence up front, mostly citrus. All the other components of the smell are present in the taste, but play a supporting role. Very tasty.
M -- Medium mouthfeel. A bit oily. Finishes somewhat bitter and dry.
O - I like hoppy amber ales, and this is one of the best I've had. Would definitely get this again.
10-12-2011 02:45:29 | More by warnerry
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a recent box, thanks Brian! I'm a really big fan of Cigary City so I didn't expect to get some CC from San Fran haha. I even tend to like their beers that are styles that I'm not fond of. This is one of those styles that I'm not too fond of.
This beer pours a cherried wood in color, medium in body, with an off white lacing around my snifter. It smells of light and piny hops, some cherry, and clean malts. I definitely didn't expect it to be this hoppy. It's simple yet really nice. The flavor too is pretty simple but overly effect. It features flavors of slightly sweet malts and really clean, and not overly sticky bitter hops. It's just really approachable and easy to drink. For an amber, it's pretty stellar. Never would I have imagined this beer to be so hoppy. Yet again, another great beer from Cigar City.
10-05-2011 03:12:23 | More by aasher
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks to N. Ketchum for the opportunity to try this one out.
Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.
A) Red, maybe better described as rust in color. A nice two finger head, which settled into a nice white cap. Lacing is up and down the glass.
S) A slight sweetness, but mostly a very nice hop presence. Pine and citrus fruits.
T) This is a hop lovers red. Some pine, citrus and tropical fruit. There is a little caramel sweetness in the finish. Nice malt/hops balance. Well done...
M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. This is a smooth, well rounded brew. Nice feel...
O) This is what I was hoping for with Cigar City. Glad I got to try this one. A fantastic beer for sure. Hey Uncle Mark, when you drive the Caddy back from Florida in the Spring, load some of this in the trunk for me.
10-04-2011 01:13:40 | More by RoamingGnome
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to my Tampa buddy for this trade.
A - Dark Red, with a caramel/brown color, topped with 1 inch of thick foamy head that took a few moments to dissipate. Opaque, looks like a brown ale.
S - Tough to get a read even after letting it warm. Some Dark fruits, smokey aroma, molasses or caramel.
T - Lots going on to the taste. Mild hops, caramel, some sweetness possibly a hint of vanilla? A slight smokey burn aftertaste but just right, not too much.
M - Creamy, swishy, velvety, feels great.
O - My second CC beer. While the nose was tough to pick up, everything else was great. Very good and a memorable red ale.
09-27-2011 01:11:54 | More by HoosierInOhio
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a nice semi-clear ruby color. Nice thicker white heading with some great lacing. Some particulates left over while pouring the second half of the bottle.
Nice sweet caramel aroma pulling through here to start things off. Nice bit of hops settle in behind the sweeter caramel wall along with a decent cedar wood finish. Very nice.
This was a tad of a let down. After a big build up in the nose this didn't seem to capitalize on the bigger hoppy notes that I initially smelled. Crisp and malty but no big hop bite that I have grown accustomed to in this style.
Mouth was kind of the same thing. A little thin a little watery but was smooth. Slight buttery slickness in the mouth the left a film. Good carbonation.
Not a bad offering at all.
09-24-2011 17:14:07 | More by TheFightfan1
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Appearance: Very dark amber with a nicely sustainable head and excellent lacing.
Smell: A light piny aroma. The smell is not too strong or overpowering. That is always a plus for me.
Taste: Spicy up front, followed by notes of malt and caramel. The caramel is extremely prominent in the finish.
Mouth feel: There is a slight bubbly feeling from the carbonation, but other than that it goes down very smoothly.
Overall: I love a good red ale, and this beer is exactly that. This beer is incredibly well balanced, and very drinkable. I just polished off this 750ml by myself and I would not mind having a bit more.
09-17-2011 01:23:08 | More by baconbourbon
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured a deep red with a creamy white head that faded slowly but left minimal lacing.
The aroma was of toast, nutty notes, and rich caramel with orange zest and grapefruit notes.
Simple, but complex. An oxymoron of making harmony of some clashing elements. Hints of spice in the back of big caramel, apples, and citrus. Nice balance.
Medium bodied and smooth.
Overall, very good, complex and interesting. Wouldn't drink a lot.
09-15-2011 03:14:47 | More by JayS2629
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
A - Pours amber with a tan foam that lingers. Minimal lacing however.
S - Scents of citrus, and caramel. Kinda like a caramel apple. Funky, but relatively faint.
T - I like that this has some complex layers of flavor. Spicy, malty, and a touch of fruit sugars. It is tame, and I don't know if I like that it isn't just another in your face amber, or if I would like a more robust beer.
M - Extremely drinkable and smooth. Perfect for just about anytime you want a beer. Carbonation is soft, robust body yet not too heavy, and easy on the taste buds.
O - Another solid offering from CCB. This is a good change of pace and an example of subtle characteristics making a good beer.
09-13-2011 21:17:06 | More by socon67
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup, thanks again!
Pours a dark and hazy amber color with a fine white head.
Aromas are of brewed tea, caramel, and earthy malts.
Taste is very earthy, with brewed tea, slightly sweet caramel, and some spicy bread dough. Finish is dry, tart, earthy, and with some pine and mineral hops.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, very full, smooth, and with good body.
Overall this is a very well made amber. A bit on the strong side, but quite flavorful, and well worth trying. My first beer from Florida, and it's a good one.
09-12-2011 03:20:20 | More by flexabull
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear amber-red with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch light tan head. Nice for style. Hint of lacing.
S: Citrus and pine hops. Soft melon, mint, sweet caramel malt, and a hint of wood (cedar?).
T: Amalgam of citrus (grapefruit especially), pine, aromatic herbal, and sharp-bitter hops...nice balance amid the chaos. In the background lies sweet caramel malt, cedar, and mild tobacco. Quite nice.
M: Smooth and oily with a sharp, bitter, and moderately dry hop finish.
D: Another solid offering from CCB. A nice take on the style. Love the hop chaos.
09-06-2011 05:01:30 | More by mwilbur
Tocobaga Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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